Driving in foggy conditions can be a daunting experience, as reduced visibility poses a significant challenge for motorists. Fog can obscure the road ahead, making it difficult to spot hazards and navigate safely. However, with the right knowledge and precautions, you can confidently drive through foggy conditions. In this blog, we will provide you with essential tips for driving through fog, ensuring your safety, and the safety of others on the road.
Step 1: Slow Down and Increase the Following Distance
Does driving fast through fog sound safe? The answer is clear, but this also means that the following distance should be adequate. Don't tailgate anyone and probably one of the most important things, avoid overtaking. Go into corners strictly in your lane and make sure to stay alert!
Step 2: Use Low-Beam Lights or Fog Lights
Proper lighting is essential in foggy conditions. Use your low-beam headlights to improve visibility without causing excessive glare or reflecting light back into your eyes. Avoid using high beams, as they can create a blinding effect by reflecting off the fog particles. If your vehicle is equipped with fog lights, you can switch them on for better illumination closer to the ground.
Step 3: Use Windshield Wipers and Defrosters
Fog often comes with increased humidity, which can cause your windshield to fog up from the inside. Use the windshield wipers to clear the window - fogged windows can bounce light and blind you. Ensure your windshield wipers are in good condition and set them to an appropriate speed to keep the windshield clear from moisture or mist.
Step 4: Be Cautious and Alert
In foggy conditions, it's crucial to stay focused and avoid distractions. Keep your attention on the road, scanning for any potential hazards or changes in traffic. Listen for sounds that can indicate the presence of other vehicles nearby. Be cautious when changing lanes or making turns and use your indicators early to alert other drivers of your intentions.
Step 5: Do Not Rely on Other Vehicles' Tail Lights
The last thing you want to do is to rely on the one in front (if there is someone) for breaking in time. Unlike normal weather, the distance you see the brake lights is a few feet, meaning that it's dangerous for you to follow someone closely and rely on their brakes to inform you.
Hagin's Automotive invites you to the shop so we can check the lights on your vehicle and make sure everything is alright!